Kolea Market Update ~ First Half of 2012

July 31st, 2012

Hawaii has been enjoying one of its best years since Kolea was built. The first half of 2012 has consistently been better each month than 2011.

All of the major markets arrivals have increased at least 4% from 2011. The largest increase has come from the Japanese market at over 17%. All the other major markets showed similar increases.

Total expenditures have increased at an astounding figure of over 21%. Several months broke records for Hawaii for total expenditures. June was the latest month with $1.2 billion in expenditures.

With the Japanese market showing the largest growth, hotels and timeshares were the accommodation types that also showed the largest growth. Many Japanese come to the islands on package deals with the large hotel chains such as Hilton contributing to their hotel as well as timeshare growth. This was the first year in many that the increase from year to year has decreased for condos.

What does this mean for Kolea? With a positive growth in both arrivals and expenditures, this fairs well for a luxury property such as Kolea. We, Waikoloa Vacation Rentals, have seen slightly greater increases at Kolea in all major aspects. The significant increase in expenditures led to an increase in average nightly rate and length of stay at Kolea. The increase in arrivals led to higher occupancy.

Saving $$$ On Your Investment at Kolea

July 31st, 2012

While the villas at Kolea offer many luxurious amenities, they also demand a lot of ongoing maintenance. Here are a few items that may help save you money as well as maintain your investment at Kolea.

Routine Maintenance on the Refrigerator
The coils for the refrigerators need to be cleaned. Many villas have not been cleaned since Kolea was first built. A large amount of build up on the coils makes the refrigerator less efficient, which costs you money. Extended neglect can shorten the life of your refrigerator significantly. While this is not an ongoing maintenance item, it is something you many want to consider doing every few years.

Lutron Lighting System
While the lighting systems in Kolea are nice amenities that blow away most owners as well as guests when used for the first time, if not managed properly they will use a significant amount of energy. Since most of the bulbs are halogen, there is not currently a way to go to an energy efficient bulb without a significant amount of cost. One reasonable way to save is to adjust your light settings. Many villas have all the lights at full strength on their most used control. Most would agree that this is more light than necessary. By adjusting the settings throughout your Lutron control panel you will find that you can save on energy by programming in more energy efficient settings.

Maintenance of the Dishwasher

With Waikoloa Beach Resort having extremely hard water, many appliances that deal with water are challenged. As mineral deposits build up throughout the dishwasher, it causes the efficiency as well as the effectiveness to diminish. At least annually, the filter should be removed and cleaned thoroughly and a cleaning agent be run throughout the dishwasher. This will help extend the life of your dishwasher.

Air Conditioning
The air conditioner(s) is the largest contributor to your electric bill. There are two popular ways to save here. The first is to install sensors that shut off the air conditioning when a door is opened. With the large pocket doors at Kolea, this is imperative. The second is to install a thermostat with a minimum setting. This will allow you to choose a reasonable setting that the guests cannot turn the temperature below. This will not only save on electric, but also help to minimize problems due to guests turning the temperature too low, thus extending the life of your system(s).

These are a few of the items we consider in the villas we manage at Kolea that you and/or your property manager may want to consider to help save you money and maintain your investment.

Hawaii Vacation Rental Market Update- May 2012

July 19th, 2012

Following the trend for the year, May of 2012 was great for the State of Hawaii. Arrivals and visitor expenditures both grew in dramatic form as compared to the previous year. Average length of stay increased as did meetings, conventions, and incentives. Each major market area showed improvement as compared to 2011 as well.

Expenditures and arrivals both increased by 17.5% and 12.5% respectively, making this month the greatest May on record in history. Each major market area continued to show growth. Japan continues to increase their support along with the majority of the US markets. The Canadian market was steady from last year. Scheduled airline seats have continued to increase as well for each of the major islands over the past five months of 2012, increasing overall by 4.5%. The vacation rental industry showed an increase from the previous year and indicated stronger growth than that of the previous month, increasing by about 8% from 2011. The Canadian market, though steady with arrivals, chose to stay in condominium properties over that of hotels in dramatic form. With a 20.2% increase in accommodation selection from the previous year, Canada is certainly showing its support for the industry.

O’ahu has shown the largest growth of all of the islands in relation to visitor arrivals from the previous year, increasing by 15.1%. The Big Island showed an 8.9% increase in arrivals while Maui saw a 6.8% positive change. Though showing the fastest growth during the first three months of 2012, Kaua’i offered a 4.3% positive change compared to last May. These increases are attributed to additional mainland marketing and an active island branding campaign. The purpose of this approach is to match the various islands and the personalities of potential visitors, ensuring a great vacation and repeat visit. As Hawaii gains in popularity, arriving guests are also visiting different locations in an effort to experience the individuality of each of the Hawaiian Islands.

The current forward momentum will continue to get the State of Hawaii out of the shadow of recent years. With most of the influential markers looking positive, the State of Hawaii is proving yet again that it is a stronger destination as we move further into 2012 and beyond.

Hawaii Vacation Rental Market Update- April 2012

July 19th, 2012

Now into the second quarter of 2012, tourism is continuing to show improvement for the State of Hawaii. Arrivals from nearly every major market area, increased expenditures, more multi-island visits, and organized tour groups all contributed to a strong month.

One unique highlight is an increase of expenditures by nearly 27% as compared to April, 2011. It also marked the highest amount of spending by visitors on record for the state as compared to the same month in history. Arrivals from the Canadian market slowed down a bit though still higher than this time last year, increasing by 3.3%. The biggest gain was shown by the Oceana, Japan, and the other Asian markets with arrivals, both increasing with huge percentages as compared to April, 2011. Scheduled air seats fell off from the Eastern US market due to decreased service from Chicago by American Airlines and United but those decreases were offset by increased seat demand from the West Coast. East Coast visitors are still making the trip but connecting through the major West Coast cities. Those carriers are now offering seasonal service out of Chicago rather than year round.

The arrival growth rate of the major islands continues to show improvement. O’ahu increased by 12.9%, the Big Island moved up 7.3%, Kaua’i was next in line at 4.6%, and Maui was in the last spot, showing a positive increase of arrivals at 4%. Each of these examples is compared to April, 2011. Vacation Rental occupancy did not appear to move up at quite the same pace as the other important factors throughout Hawaii though it held firm to last year’s numbers. Visitors were coming in but simply choosing to stay elsewhere overall throughout the state.

With most of the important indicators showing positive momentum, 2012 is proving to be a great year for the State of Hawaii as a whole. Perhaps these statewide increases will equate to the same forward motion for the vacation rental industry further into 2012.

4th of July on the Big Island of Hawaii 2012

June 27th, 2012

This July 4 holiday has a number of events for the entire family both on the Waikoloa Beach Resort and on the island as a whole.

All activities below are on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012.

The King’s Shops host the ‘Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race’. Do not miss this opportunity to win great prizes and take part in the hot wing eating contest sponsored by Merriman’s Market Cafe. This is a benefit for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii. Live entertainment will be available from 10am to 8:30pm at the Coronation Pavilion. The event will feature a fireworks and laser light show at 8:30 pm. Forms for “Duckie adoption” are available at all Kings’ Shops merchants on the Waikoloa Beach Resort. This is a fantastic activity for families.

The Queens Marketplace will host another event with entertainment, cotton candy, popcorn, and family fun from 6-8pm with a finale of fireworks over the Waikoloa Bowl at the Queens Gardens at 8pm. Gates to the Waikoloa Bowl open at 5pm with a free concert starting at 6pm with Johnny Shot. Beach chairs and mats are welcome. No coolers please plavix cost. This is an alcohol and drug free event. Bring the family, show your support to the community, and enjoy yourself!!

The morning kicks off at the Mauna Lani Resort at 10:30 am with The Celebration of Turtle Independence Day, which incorporates the local culture and marine life education. The Mauna Lani Resort has been raising juvenile honu (turtles) for over 20 years. The honu are cared for in the saltwater ponds of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. Once they reach a predetermined weight and size they are released to the ocean every 4th of July. Many locals as well as vacationers gather to enjoy this fascinating event. This annual celebration honors the honu and helps educate the public about the Hawaiian green sea turtle. There will be live entertainment, a 4th of July BBQ, along with an educational display about green sea turtles

The Kailua-Kona July 4th Parade travels from Kona Pool/Gym to Walua Road past Coconut Grove. Announcing stations at West Hawaii Today, Remixx at King Kamehameha Mall, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Boston Basil’s, Pancho & Lefty’s, Kimo’s (with magic before), Waterfront Row, Lava Java, and Humpy’s at Coconut Grove. Come support the community from 5:30 pm to 7pm.

Selecting a Kolea Vacation Rental

April 24th, 2012

Aloha and Welcome to Waikoloa Vacation Rentals and Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort. This unique property has so much to offer to anyone looking for a completely memorable vacation.

That being said, choosing an accommodation that best suits you and your familys’ needs for a vacation can be a daunting task. Not only do we expect our potential guests to consider price but location, amenities and overall experience as well.

The Kolea resort has many different floor plans for everyone depending on their needs. The villas range in size from two bedrooms, two bathrooms to three bedrooms, three and a half baths with much larger floor plans. All of our villas have full Kolea Beach Club access as well as the same level of onsite personal concierge services and quality no matter what floor plan or location is chosen.

To book a reservation at Kolea with Waikoloa Vacation Rentals simply follow these easy steps to get one step closer to paradise.

– Go to

– Add your arrival date, number of nights, and desired bedroom configuration to the search function toward the right of the screen. After clicking search, the website will automatically begin a search for every available villa for that specific timeframe.

(Please note you can also click on the calendar icon to view the months rather than typing your desired arrival date. If you wish to view months beyond its current location, click on the single or double arrows to the right of the current date. Once the desired month and date is selected, the necessary information will automatically populate the search function. You can then click on ‘Search’ to get to the auto search feature listed above.)

– Once the seach is complete, a message will appear offering the total number of villas available for the desired time frame. The individual links for the available villas will appear as well.

-Clicking on the picture associated with each villa will take you to the villa’s web page. Here you will find the description, pictures, pricing, and availability calendars. As stated above, you will need to enter your desired dates again. If the site displays the total price summary, the villa is available and may be booked immediately by clicking on the ‘Reserve this property’ link. If not, it will advise you that the property is not available. If the calendar shows the villa to be available but during this process states otherwise, please contact us at (808) 987-4519 or email .

– From there, simply add the necessary information along with the payment information and a confirmation number and email will be generated and sent to the email listed on file.

– Should you have any questions during this process, you are welcome to contact us at any time at (808) 987-4519 or by email at

As always, feel free to contact us at (808) 987-4519 if you have any questions during the process.

2011 Hawaii Vacation Rental Market Analysis

February 26th, 2012

2011 offered another positive year for the vacation rental industry in Hawaii.  WIth increases in both the overall tourism and the use of vacation rentals, the vacation rental industry saw the most growth of any of the accommodation types in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority reported a 3.5% growth in visitors to Hawaii from 2010 to 2011.  Of all the Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island and Kauai had the largest increases, but Maui and Oahu still remain the two most popular islands to visit in Hawaii.

For accommodation types, vacation rentals had the largest growth.  This is two years in a row the vacation rental industry has had substantial growth in Hawaii.  Marketing as well as economic factors have played a large role.  The only accommodations that saw a dip in use were timeshares.

Along with visitors bring up, their average spending and length of stay grew.  December 2011 was the best month on record for visitor spending in Hawaii.

Waikoloa Vacation Rentals’ statistics were consistent with the overall statistics for Hawaii.  We saw growth in occupancy, length of stay, and average nightly rate.  This is the second consecutive year we have had significant changes in those categories.

With preliminary reports showing January 2012 being significantly better than January 2011, it appears that the tourism industry in Hawaii is still on the rise.

Hawaii Tourism Update

January 12th, 2012

Over the past year, there has been an overall increase in the number of visitors and length of stay to the State of Hawaii through November of 2011.  Major markets such as Canada, Oceania, and various Asian countries have increased their travel to the state, increasing the overall average.   Much of the increase is due to added flight operations from countries such as China, Korea, Japan, Canada and Oceania direct to Honolulu.  The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Airlift Development Program, a cooperative airline program geared to bring more guests to Hawaii, has done a great job sustaining routes and encouraging new ones.

One of largest contributing markets is Canada, showing nearly double digit increases month over month from 2010.  Much of this can be attributed to a stable Canadian economy, increased awareness and overall stronger marketing.   On average, Canadian arrivals have increased over 20% since last year while some US markets have remained flat.

Compared to 2010, 2011 tourism has increased almost 7% as a whole and the length of stay has increased nearly 1%.  The numbers may be a bit higher when the actual vs. projected arrivals for December 2011 are reported and available through the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Christmas 2011 on the Big Island of Hawaii

December 19th, 2011

The Christmas season is the one of the busiest times of the year on the Big Island. Many of the most popular restaurants, activities and area stores are either sold out weeks in advance or are not available at all on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Rental Cars– It appears that most of the rental cars are sold out. Some companies may have extra vehicles that do not show available online so if you are having trouble finding a vehicle, please contact us at

Hilton Waikoloa Village Day Use Room– Many guests reserve a day use room during their stay. During the holidays these are very limited so if you would like to take advantage of one of these rooms, the activity needs to be planned a week in advance. The day use room costs $160 for a family of four. If the hotel is full, pool utilization will not be available. Contact us at so we may help arrange the activity. Currently, the resort will only offer the day use rooms seven days or less from the intended date of use.

Whale Watches/Sunset Sails/Luaus/Helicopter Tours– These are the four most popular activities during the holidays and typically are sold out weeks in advance. Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding these activities.

Mauna Kea Christmas Day Brunch– Mauna Kea hotel typically has the best Christmas Day brunch from 10am to 1:30 pm. It is about a 10 minute drive north from Waikoloa Beach Resort on Queen K Hwy. This event is typically sold out weeks prior to Christmas Day. Their direct phone number is (808) 882-7222 for reservations.  Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910 or email

The Charity Trees at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel– Each year the Mauna Lani Bay hotel hosts a Christmas tree contest.  This year they are helping local non-profit organizations.   Each agency decorates a Christmas tree, which is placed in the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel lobby for the contest. You can walk through the lobby to view all of the trees while casting your vote for a minimal donation of a dollar per entry.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the non-profit agencies based on a first, second or third place finish. This is a great way to entertain the family and support the local community.

Restaurant Reservations– Most restaurants are sold out for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve weeks in advance. The Hilton Waikoloa Village, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows and the Mauna Kea Resort have some holiday dining options available. It is recommended that reservations are made as quickly as possible. Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals are welcome to contact us at (808) 333-1910 or email for reservation assistance.

Recommend Churches– There are several churches on the Kohala Coast offering Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.
Annunciation Catholic Church in Waimea offers Christmas Eve masses at 5 pm and 10 pm. The 5 pm mass is family friendly. The Christmas Day mass is at 8 am. It is a beautiful church with windows throughout which allows visitors to see the mountainous terrain in Waimea. Please click here to view a map of how to get to Annunciation Catholic Church.
New Hope Waimea is a nondenominational church in Waimea and offers a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 pm as well as a Christmas Day service at 10 am. The Christmas Eve service is typically a child friendly service. Click here to view a map of how to get to New Hope Waimea.
Ascension Catholic Church is one of the closest churches to the Waikoloa Beach Resort. It offers a Christmas Day mass at 10 am and is about a 10 minute drive from the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Click here to get directions.
These times are tentative and may be updated as the holidays get closer.
Church services will be available Saturday, December 24th at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Beginning at 7:30 pm.

Grocery Shopping– The Island Gourmet Market at the Queens’ Marketplace will be open from 7 am – 11 pm both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you would like to have your grocery shopping done for you please contact us with a list of desired items. The charge is 30% of the cost of the groceries and will be charged to your credit card on file.

Golf Tee Times– All of the desirable tee times are usually booked well in advance leaving open only afternoon tee times. Currently the Waikoloa Golf Courses offer the best rate if you reserve your tee time through them directly. They can be reached at (877) WAIKOLOA for Waikoloa Beach Courses and (808) 885-6622 for Mauna Lani Courses. If you want to play outside of the resort in which you are staying, please contact us at and we can help arrange your tee times in advance.
Late Check Outs- We are unable to offer late check outs or early check ins during this very busy season. If you have a late flight on your departure date we can help arrange you a day room at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott or Hilton Waikoloa Village if available. Please let us know if you would like for us to make this reservation for you.

Miscellaneous Holiday Activities– The Hilton Waikoloa Village has activities available for families during the month of December. Please contact the Hilton Waikoloa Village at (808) 886-1234 for further details.
Photos with Santa are available at the Queens’ Marketplace beginning Saturday, December 17th. Personal cameras are necessary to take part in the event.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals can call (808) 333-1910 or email for additional information regarding resort activities or photos with Santa Claus.

We hope you find this information helpful and please contact us for help scheduling any of your activities while you are on the Big Island of Hawaii and staying with Waikoloa Vacation Rentals.

Trip to the Volcano from Waikoloa Beach Resort

October 7th, 2011

If there is one thing Hawaii is known for, it is the volcanos throughout the state and more specifically the Big Island of Hawaii. Some lie dormant but others like Kilauea, do not.

Some days, onlookers can physically view lava while other days, only the steam vents can be seen. Typically, it is more impressive to watch volcanic activity during the early evening hours, as the red lava color can be seen in the darkness.

The eruption of Kilauea Volcano began in 1983 and continues today. Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. According to Hawaiian mythology, the goddess Pele calls Kilauea her home. It is said, that she controls the volcanic activity. It is also a popular belief that bad luck befalls anyone who removes lava rock from where it was found on the island.

Travelers can expect the drive from Waikoloa Beach to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to take about least two and a half hours via Highway 190 without stopping along the way. Traveling distance is just over one hundred miles. In preparation for this adventure, it is important to call the Visitors Information Line for updates. With the most recent eruption in April, 2008 and the continuous emission of sulfur dioxide, hazards can include respiratory problems and road or park closures. There are different color-coded levels for sulfur dioxide conditions.

There are organized tours available if preferable to the group. Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910 or email for assistance.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (808) 985-6000
Volcano Eruption Update

Sulfur Dioxide Conditions


Waikoloa Vacation Rentals recommends leaving at about 8am. There are some great sites and good food along the way. With no stops, it will take about two and a half hours to reach Volcano National Park.

From the resort, take a left on the main highway. Take a right on Waikoloa Rd (at the helicopter pad). Take that all the way up to HIGHWAY 190 toward Waimea, just past Waimea, the road turns into HIGHWAY 19, Breakfast and lunch are available at Tex Drive-in. This is a great local breakfast location with hot Malasadas there as well (It’s a kind of doughnut) Another restaurant Waikoloa Vacation Rentals recommends is Hokulani Steakhouse. They offer all day dining and a family friendly environment.

Along the way, Waipio Valley lookout, has a beautiful coastline view of the surrounding area. You can then stop at Akaka Falls, a 420 foot waterfall, with plenty of hiking nearby. To get a good viewing and enjoy, it should take about thirty to fourty-five minutes. Take that all the way around the island until you get to HIGHWAY 11 to the Volcano National Park.

To return to Waikoloa Beach Resort, going back the same way is an option. Another option is to take HIGHWAY 11 towards Kona and arrive from the south via HIGHWAY 19.

ROUTE #2– Saddle Road

This route is considered a bit faster but also a little bit more dangerous in terms of the terrain. Out of the resort, take a left on the main highway. Take a Right on Waikoloa Rd just as the directions state above. Take that toward Waimea. Take a left on 190 again, toward Waimea. Here is when the directions differ from above, take a right on HIGHWAY 200 (Saddle Road), this will later connect to HIGHWAY 19. Take a right on HIGHWAY 11 to Volcano National Park.

Waikoloa Beach Resort is reachable from the south. HIGHWAY 11 goes all the way around to Kona. Take Highway 19 North to the resort. The backside of the island is all black lava. Sunset is at about 7pm and it may be getting dark, depending on how much time was taken for the excursion.

If the lava is flowing and visible, we recommend getting to the hiking trail two hours prior to sunset to view it properly.

Once in the park, there will be a small fee. It is $10 per car unless there are more than fifteen people. It will be $5 per person.

There are some organized land and boat tours available for a cost, that show a different perspective. The crater can be seen by helicopter as well.